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Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2013, file photo,k Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tries to get away from Green Bay Packers' C.J. Wilson during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Green Bay, Wis. As Super Bowl champions, the Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Packers on Sept. 4. That Thursday game is the first of four prime-time games on opening weekend. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File)

Mike McCarthy promises there won't be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle. The last time Green Bay visited CenturyLink Field was in Week 3 of the 2012 season, a 14-12 Seahawks victory clinched on what now is often dubbed the ''Fail Mary.'' Russell Wilson's desperation pass on the final play was called a touchdown reception for Golden Tate by the replacement officials. ''It will be about the 2014 Green Bay Packers. It's the third straight season the Packers have traveled to face the defending Super Bowl champions.


Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1 (Yahoo Sports)

New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using a foreign substance less than two weeks after appearing to get away with it in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night. The right-hander was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found a shiny substance on the right side of Pineda's neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest. ''Our awareness was heightened, given what we had seen in the past.'' Pineda (2-2) had nothing on the right side of his neck in a photo of him on the mound in his tough first inning, when four of the first six batters reached on hits.


Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even series at 1-1 (Yahoo Sports)

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 23: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates during a game against the San Antonio Spurs during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2014 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Monta Ellis scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece.


Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97 (Yahoo Sports)

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 23: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat handles the ball against the Charlotte Bobcats in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2014 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida on April 23, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

LeBron James drove to the rim as time was winding down, got clobbered by Josh McRoberts and sat on the hardwood gathering himself for a few seconds afterward. Miami took Charlotte's best shot, and survived. James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Heat wasted two big leads before hanging on to beat the Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series. ''We haven't played our best basketball.'' Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, and had a steal in the final seconds to seal the win for Miami.


Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win (Yahoo Sports)

Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate their win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise's 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2. Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz, James Neal scored in a span of 5:01 of the first period to stake the Penguins to a 3-0 lead.


Pacers say practice got physical before Game 1 (Yahoo Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 22: Lance Stephenson #1 of the Indiana Pacers looks on against the Atlanta Hawks in the East Conference Quarter Finals Game Two at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 22 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner were unified on three points Wednesday. Yes, they scrapped during a practice before Game 1 of their first-round series against Atlanta. Pacers players and coaches all described the physical confrontation between Stephenson and Turner through their own prisms, but nobody - including Stephenson and Turner - called it a fight.


Wild's Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension from NHL (Yahoo Sports)

Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke reaches to control the puck against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The NHL cracked down hard on Matt Cooke, suspending the Minnesota Wild left wing for seven games Wednesday for his knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. The Avalanche lead the Wild 2-1 with Game 4 looming Thursday, so Cooke will be out for this first-round series and more. He played a key part for the Wild in Game 3 in quieting Avalanche stars Nathan MacKinnon, Paul Stastny and Gabe Landeskog, matching up against that line often. But Cooke crossed the line, the league ruled, by sticking out his knee to clip Barrie in open ice early in the second period.


Blues C Backes scratched for Game 4 (Yahoo Sports)

St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) is tended to by trainer Ray Barile after taking a hit from Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in the third period during Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in St. Louis. Seabrook was assessed a game misconduct penalty for the play and the Blues scored the tying goal on the ensuing five-minute power play. Backes left the ice under his own power. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

St. Louis center David Backes was scratched Wednesday night for Game 4 of the Blues' first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks due to an upper-body injury. Backes did not participate in St. Louis' morning skate, but coach Ken Hitchcock did not rule him out for the game. The final word came when Backes was on the list of scratches on the pregame roster report. Forward Brenden Morrow also was scratched after Hitchcock said earlier in the day that he would miss the rest of the series.


Cubs lose to Diamondbacks 7-5 on Wrigley's 100th (Yahoo Sports)

Baseball fans wait to enter Wrigley Field on the 100th anniversary of the first baseball game at the ballpark, before a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Chicago Cubs celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first game at Wrigley Field in the most appropriate way: with a gut-wrenching loss. After an error by shortstop Starlin Castro, the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for five runs in the ninth to beat the Cubs 7-5 Wednesday. ''That one finished not like we would have wanted, obviously,'' Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. ''It seemed like the inning kept opening up, and we weren't able to end up in the end putting a stop to it.'' Martin Prado hit a two-run single off Pedro Strop (0-2), Miguel Montero had a tying single against James Russell and Aaron Hill followed with a two-run triple off Justin Grimm.


Jackson seeking Knicks coach, says it won't be him (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Phil Jackson addresses the media during his introductory press conference as President of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate has already been eliminated. Phil Jackson won't be hiring himself to coach the Knicks. Two days after firing Mike Woodson, Jackson reiterated Wednesday that he won't be returning to the bench, despite the fact that even fiancee Jeanie Buss told him he should. ''Jeanie Buss was here with the Board of Governors last week and stayed through the weekend, and tried to encourage me to coach the team.


Racing Through the Pain With Olympic Ski Champion Picabo Street


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Named after a small town in her home state of Idaho, Picabo Street gained fame as an Olympic gold medalist and World Cup ski champion. But her career might've literally gone downhill had she not turned to chiropractic care. "Chiropractic has been a life saver for me," says Street. "I can say that [without it] I do not think that I would be able to ski today, recreationally or otherwise." Street won a gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics. Later that year, she slammed into a fence

Sportscaster Linda Cohn Enhances Her Game With Chiropractic Care


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Ask TV's Linda Cohn to list what's surprised her most in her 22 years as one of the most successful female sports anchors around, and one thing immediately jumps out at you. That's because it has nothing to do with, say, scandals -- and she's certainly covered her share -- and everything to do with chiropractic care. Specifically, how many professional athletes attribute their success to it. "Chiropractic care is a remarkable approach to health care that helps to keep you healthy a

The Big Holiday Decision: Xbox One or PlayStation 4?


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Feeling like you haven't had this much trouble making a decision since Leno and Letterman first went head-to-head? That's okay, the debut of the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles -- conveniently just in time for the holidays -- means countless people just like you are also debating which to buy for the very psyched gamers in their families. Both represent a big leap in graphics, speed and intelligent personalization. Both have tons of games sure to please. That said, a Forbe

The Most Dangerous Sport for Women? Try Cheerleading


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - It turns out that cheerleaders and football players have something in common you might not have guessed: concussions. According to a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics that found cheerleading to be by far the most dangerous activity for female athletes -- accounting for 66 percent of their catastrophic sport injuries -- more than a third of girls who suffer a concussion don't even recognize the symptoms well enough to report it. The research comes on the heels of numerous news

Enhance Your Sports Watching Experience With the Right Light


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Football season is here, and baseball playoffs are just around the corner, which means it is also time to get your entertainment area in shape for family and guests. Whether your TV is in your family room or a dedicated media room, it takes more than just a big screen to get the most enjoyment out of your viewing experience. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), good lighting can significantly enhance movies and sports watching, while poor lighting can be a distract

Ants: America's Number-One Nuisance Pest


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Imagine an earless creature that can carry 20 times its body weight living with thousands of seemingly identical clones that will fight to the death when challenged. While this image could be taken right from a science-fiction thriller, it also depicts America's number one nuisance pest ? the ant! According to a recent survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Dr. Lauren Hansen of Spokane Falls Community College and Washington State University, ant i

Stink Bugs -- A Smelly Fall Nuisance


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Turning leaves and cooler weather are sure signs that fall is here, but for homeowners in a number of states across the country, stink bugs are quickly becoming another sign of the changing seasons. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says we are likely to start seeing these smelly pests hanging on curtains, lampshades, screens and other objects inside homes in the coming months. The brown marmorated stink bug, native to Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea, was first di

Super Bowl Champion Mark Collins Tackles Pain With Chiropractic Care


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Over the span of his career, defensive back and two-time Super Bowl champion Mark Collins has experienced more than his fair share of unnecessary roughness. "I played defensive back for the New York Giants from 1986 to 1997, with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks," Collins says. "Played 13 great years, had a lot of hits. "Gave a lot of hits and took some hits, too, and I can tell you it has wear and tear on your body." After all those years o

On the Run With Professional Marathoner Stephanie Rothstein


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - By the age of 4, Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce was already off and running. In fact, from high school through her college years at U.C. Santa Barbara, she can't remember a time when she wasn't running. Now a professional marathoner for Adidas, the athlete and her husband, Ben, train year round, participating in U.S. track and road championships as well as marathons. "I've competed in two Olympic track and field trials," she says, "and ran away with an eighth-place finish in the 2012

How Olympic Gymnast Nastia Liukin Keeps Her Body in Balance


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - U.S. Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin was born into a world of balance beams and dismounts. "Both my parents were celebrated Olympic and world champion gymnasts in Russia," Liukin says. "They came to the U.S. and started coaching gymnastics when I was a baby. "Because they couldn't afford a babysitter, I was always hanging around in the gym with them while they worked. I used to run around on the bars and mimic the other children and even copy and perform their floor routines at the s

Targeting Obesity With Chiropractic Care


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - You'd think that with the thousands of weight-loss products and treatments on the market today, more than 140 million Americans age 20 and over wouldn't officially be considered overweight or obese. Wellness and fitness expert Shea Vaughn says there may be an overlooked solution that could provide help for those struggling with their weight. "We know chiropractic care helps patients with many physical ailments," says Vaughn, "but it also represents a proactive approach in helping t

Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman's Career-Saver


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - If it wasn't for chiropractic care, basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman might not be the household name she is today. In 1991, six years before she'd go on to make a splash in the inaugural season of the WNBA, a car accident threatened to end Lieberman's career. "I was driving in Dallas, driving down 75 and Mockingbird Lane, and there was some road traffic or something,"she recalls. "All the cars in front of me came to a stop, but the driver behind me didn't." The whiplash sh

How an Outfield-Wall Collision Changed One Baseball Player's Life


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - "The wall won." That's how retired Chicago White Sox minor-leaguer Greg Shepard recalls the life-changing night in 2000 when he violently crashed into the left center field wall while trying to run down a fly ball. Most people would've done exactly what his then-wife implored -- rush to an emergency room -- when he woke up the next morning basically paralyzed. "I couldn't lift my body out of bed, turn my head, or move my right arm," he says. But not Shepard. "I told her, 'Open the

Camping Is Fun, Pests Are Not: Keep Safe in the Great Outdoors


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - For camping enthusiasts, the summer months provide endless opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. Children and adults alike unplug and unwind to enjoy backpacking, hiking and evenings under the stars. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds those who will spend more time partaking in open-air adventures to add insect repellent, hats and protective clothing to the packing list. "Camping is a wonderful summer pastime," noted Missy Henriksen, vice pres

Fact or Fiction? Advice for Fending Off Mosquitoes


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Summer may have just begun, but mosquitoes are already out in full force in many parts of the country. In fact, several cases of West Nile Virus (WNV), which can be carried by infected mosquitoes, have already been reported. With the early start of WNV, compounded by the fact that 2012 was the deadliest year on record for the illness according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), precaution is the name of the game this summer. To help the public safeguard thems

Developers Try to Meet Growing Demand for Video Games


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - People today have not only a plethora of choices when it comes to playing video games, but also an inordinate amount of ways to play them. According to research done last year by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade association that represents the U.S. video game industry, more Americans than ever are playing games on smart phones, tablets, and handheld devices and are changing the way they enjoy their games. To meet this need, retailers, indie game developers an

Video Game Developers Try to Meet Growing Demand


(NewsUSA) - People today have not only a plethora of choices when it comes to playing video games, but also an inordinate amount of ways to play them.According to research done last year by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade association that represents the U.S. video game industry, more Americans than ever are playing games on smart phones, tablets, and handheld devices and are changing the way they enjoy their games.To meet this need, retailers, indie game developers and so

Avoiding Tick Dangers This Summer


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Tick-borne illnesses are found throughout the United States. Though Lyme disease, transmitted by blacklegged ticks, is the most pervasive and publicly discussed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists a wide range of diseases spread by ticks. With tens of thousands of people impacted each year from such illnesses, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) advises summer enthusiasts about the danger of disease transmission from ticks and encourages them to ta